ArcelorMittal accelerates investment in Mardyck

ArcelorMittal France has ordered a reversible 6-high cold rolling mill for processing high-grade non-oriented silicon steel strip (NGO) for electric motors. The equipment supplied by Austria’s Andritz will be part of the steelmaker’s new electrical steel facility in Mardyck, northern France.

Mardyck will see five new lines started in 2024 for the production of electrical steel for use in manufacturing engines for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid vehicles. This involves a €300 million ($321m) investment (see Kallanish passim). The steelmaker is grouping all its electrical steel production at the Mardyck complex and at the plant in Saint Chély.

The new mill will roll up to 1,450mm wide strip to a minimum finished material gauge of 0.2mm, providing high roll force, roll torque, and bending forces at a relatively small work roll diameter, Andritz says.

“Along with the extensive process instrumentation and an exceptionally flexible cooling and strip-drying strategy, ArcelorMittal will receive the perfect solution to meet the challenging quality demands on the end product at a high production level,” the technology supplier says in a note. The equipment will be assembled and tested at its facility in Hemer, Germany.

Natalia Capra France